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Broadcasting Visits Abingdon

Broadcasting senior Daniel Kruzel and Broadcasting Chair Dr. Buzz Hoon meet with the Abingdon High School media class.

Broadcasting senior Daniel Kruzel and Chair Buzz Hoon meet with the Abingdon HS media class.

Dr. Buzz Hoon and Broadcasting senior Daniel Kruzel and the Abingdon HS media class.

Nope. It's not the staff of The Dog. It's the Abingdon HS media class.

Recently, Dr. Buzz Hoon and senior Daniel Kruzel visited the media class at Abingdon High School. Cindy Arthur teaches the class. The students learn how to do different types of video production. Broadcasting was very honored to be invited and they hope to return again in the future.


Travis Collins' Telly Award winning video A Joe For All Seasons

Travis Collins' Telly Award winning video A Joe For All Seasons

Springfield, Illinois – The Telly Awards has named Travis Collins as a Bronze winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for his piece titled A Joe for All Seasons. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

Travis Collins, BA Broadcasting 2003, has worked in Charlotte, North Carolina, Paducah, Kentucky and throughout central Illinois. His employment started in Commercial Production, but Travis has been working in News Promotion since 2006. He conceptualizes compelling promotions, writes scripts, lights scenes, shoots talent, designs motion graphics and edits all of his work. For the piece A Joe for All Seasons Travis did have “a partner in crime,” his friend and Graphic Designer Paul Newton.

In his “free time” Travis enjoys playing music, photography and learning more about his trade, which has truly become a passion. In 2010 Travis joined others with his passion and competed in Paducah’s 48 Hour Film Project. They had two days to write, light, shoot and edit a short film. Regionally their film My Father’s Keeper took home eight awards, including Best Film. The film moved forward to Miami, to compete with other films from around the world. Travis now works as Senior Promotions Producer for WICS News Channel 20 in Springfield, Illinois and WICD News Channel 15 in Champaign, Illinois.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

For its 33rd season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards. In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Travis Collins’ accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

To find out more about the Telly Awards, visit the Telly Awards website.

Exploring NASA at Malpass Library

Exploring NASA image at Malpass Library

Exploring NASA image at Malpass Library

Bruce Walters, professor art department, projected the Exploring NASA videos at the Malpass Library in October. And Bruce made a video of the video….well, you get the picture. Bruce must have a video camera attached to his hand 24/7!

Exploring NASA is the collaborative effort of artists, musicians, scientists and administrators who are collectively working on an installation artwork that will explore aspects of NASA -from the exploration of the universe and development of technology to its societal impact. These projections in the atrium of the Malpass Library on the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb, IL were on display October 19, 2012 with the soundtrack at full volume.

Theatre has 10 Irene Ryan Acting Nominees Plus More Designers!

Irene Ryan as Granny Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies

Irene Ryan as Granny Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Awards recognizes the talents of theatre students nationwide. Students are nominated from their college/university productions and then proceed to regional competitions and finally to the national competition and recognition.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty ‘Granny Clampett’ in The Beverly Hillbillies . All student actors in both Participating and Associate productions are eligible for consideration for these $500 regional scholarships. The list of awards and student opportunities associated with the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions at the national festival continues to expand each year and the auditions are now undoubtedly one of the most exciting educational and artistic opportunities for student actors in the country. Read more about the Irene Ryan Awards.

The 2012 regional nominees from Western Illinois University are the following:

  • Arielle Leverett, Henry V
  • Mark Ryan Anderson, Henry V
  • James Bleeker, Hair
  • Kara DeWall, Hair
  • Josh Carroll, Rock and Roll and On the Open Road
  • Dallas Mulholland, Guernica
  • Amos Omer, Guernica
  • Kody Jones, On the Open Road
  • Chris Tipp, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  • Benisha Dorris, Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Each of these students, if they decide to attend the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, will compete with a partner to advance to the national competition in Washington, DC in spring 2013.

Designers also participate in the Regional KCACTF competitions.  Design students who will participate are the following:

  • Tyler Herald, hair/makeup design, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  • Zak Zubka, sound design, Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  • RaeEllen Roeder, scene design, On the Open Road
  • Will James Stacey, lighting design, On the Open Road
  • Heather B. Carey, costume design, On the Open Road
  • Frank Delaney, fight design, On the Open Road
  • Brian Beracha, sound design, On the Open Road
  • Tyler Herald, hair/makeup, On the Open Road
  • Ilana Solomon, costume design, Guernica
  • Kelsey Peters, choreography, Guernica
  • Zak Zubka, sound design, Guernica
  • Tyler Herald, hair/makeup design, Guernica

Congratulations to all of the very, very talented student actors at Western Illinois University!

COFAC Announces Department and College Scholars

The College of Fine Arts and Communication announces the fall 2012 Department and College Scholars.

Steve Solomon, Chicago, IL, is the School of Music Bachelor of Music Department Scholar and the COFAC Scholar. Congratulations Steve.

The Department scholars are as follows:

  • Emily Valencia, Lewiston, IL,  is the Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education Art Department Scholar
  • Hannah Chapin, Colchester, IL, is the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Scholar
  • Michael D. Taylor, Rock Island, IL,  is the Communication Department Scholar
  • Caitlin Edwards, Naperville, IL, is the School of Music Bachelor of Arts Department Scholar
  • Daniela Medina Elizondo, Chicago, IL is the Department of Theatre and Dance Department Scholar

Senior BA’s are on “The Home Stretch”

The BA Senior Exhibit in the University Art Gallery opening reception for “The Home Stretch” will be on Tuesday November 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibit will feature works in a variety of mediums by Senior BA students–Corey Johnston, Kati Tunget, Ashley Lawless, and Brandon Strode.

Artists’ Statements:

Necklace by Corey Johnston

Before I create a piece of art I completely clear my mind. Without all of those distractions, I am able to focus on what I want to make. This focus holds my attention until I complete the work, or I’m satisfied. Completing a work of art is a long and arduous process because I must physically make every aspect of the piece by hand. Steel, plaster, and wood are the mediums that I enjoy working with the most. I use both found objects as well as store bought in order to contrast between the joy of coming across exactly what I’m looking for and the normalcy of simply going out and buying it. I enjoy the benefits and limitations of these objects because they balance out the work visually. The idea of stationary verses mobile is a strong inspiration for me because of the standard that each one sets. My goal is to take that baseline and blur it to show the viewer that art is not a black and white process. Corey Johnston

Underneath It All by Kati Tunget

Art to me is a form of expressing who you are, where you come from and what you believe in. I often find myself revisiting my hometown when in need of inspiration; a town where the history means everything. I love to experiment with a variety of materials and themes although photography is my passion. I pay extra special attention to each detail, from the simplest to the more meticulous.

An abandoned café, a rotting barn, charred wood and rust are just a few things that I find intriguing. Finding the beauty in the destruction and decay of my immediate surroundings; my artwork spotlights the beauty of destruction as it tells a story through the layers of paint, broken windows and the rusted nails and screws. Expressing these stories through my artwork, allows me to grow as an artist as I experiment with different media. Showcasing the beauty of decay, whether it is in relief sculpture or photography is what I strive for. Kati Tunget

Ashley Lawless

All my life different passions and interest have sparked my ability to create unique pieces that I can only imagine. I choose to draw from what comes from my mind purely because my ability to reproduce what I see in my surreal world has more life and dynamics that I simply cannot find easily in the physical world. My strengths are built around observing everyday life and recreating what I would like to see added to it, however my work may not be perceived by my audience. Life is too short to not use your imagination to its full potential.
Ashley Lawless

Crow by Brandon Strode.

I am a Graphic Designer, my work is based on the fact that my work needs to catch the publics eye and give them information quickly. I like to create clean simple eye catching designs in my Graphic Design work, I focus greatly on the type of font that is used in a design to ensure that the message and fonts convey the same feeling. I embrace negative space and create tension at my borders to stand apart from others. I am also always interested in learning new art forms that make my designs stronger. When I learn a new art style I often times will ask how i can bring parts of this into my design work, but also how can I bring my design style into this new medium. This blend of traditional and not traditional art mentality helps keep me progressing in my field of Graphic Design. Brandon Strode

Tyanna Buie Wins Prestigious Mary Nohl Fellowship

Artwork by Tyanna Buie, BA Art 2006.

Artwork by Tyanna Buie, BA Art 2006.

Tyanna Buie, BA Art 2006, has received a very prestigious Mary Nohl Fellowship from the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee.

The Bradley Family Foundation administers the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program. The program, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund, has two components. The fellowship program provides unrestricted funds for Established and Emerging artists to create new work or complete work in progress. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Visual Art was created to help artists with the cost of exhibiting their work outside the four-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington). Both programs are open to practicing artists residing in the four-county area. Sixty fellowships have been awarded since the program began in 2003.

Tyanna Buie, a painter and the first black woman to win a Nohl, explores the impermanence of her childhood in the Illinois Department Foster Care System in her work. Through a journalistic gathering of information and materials, Buie looks at how her own narrative has been the product of piecing together, discarding and concealing over time, of packing and unpacking. This translates to vacancies, erasure-like passages, in Buie’s beautiful painting.

Read more about the Fellowship and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Online report.

Congratulations to Tyanna!

Museum Studies Students Help Figge with College Night

Students Claire Landis (left) and Lauren Connolly (right) help set up for College Night at the Figge Art Museum

Students Claire Landis (left) and Lauren Connolly (right) help set up for College Night at the Figge Art Museum

Jess Cruz, a current Museum Studies student, helped plan the Figge Art Museum’s College Night event, held on October 25th.

Cruz selected activities that were related to the exhibition “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” and was assisted by fellow students Claire Landis, Catherina Mueller, and Lauren Connolly. The Museum Studies students helped with planning and set-up, and also served as volunteers during the event.

College Night is an annual event at the Figge, and attracts students from local colleges and universities.

Museum Studies Students Visit Kansas City

Students in the Museum Studies program recently visited several museums in Kansas City, Missouri. The trip, which took place on October 19th and 20th, provided students with the opportunity to meet museum professionals and learn more about museum work.

Museum Studies students pause for a photo outside the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri

Museum Studies students pause for a photo outside the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri

Judy Koke, Director of Education and Interpretive Programs at the Nelson Atkins, leads Museum Studies students on a tour through the museum.

Judy Koke, Director of Education and Interpretive Programs at the Nelson Atkins, leads Museum Studies students on a tour through the museum.

Among the museums visited was the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, where the students went on a behind-the-scenes tour and met with several staff members. Judy Koke, Director of Education and Interpretive Programs at the Nelson Atkins, met with students to discuss some of the innovative changes the Nelson was making to better meet the needs of the community.

Other stops included the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, where students met with WIU Museum Studies alum Lacy Bettcher. And finally the students ended their visit with a trip to the  National World War I Museum.

The trip was sponsored by student organization GEMS.